How to Con Your Kid: 15 Simple Scams for Mealtime, Bedtime, Bathtime -- Anytime!

Wouldn't it be great if kids just did what they were told? Since they often don't, here's how you can trick them into doing what you need them to do (16 Photos)

David Borgenicht and James Grace on Apr 5, 2012 at 6:17PM

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How to Get Your Kid to Sit Still

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a David Borgenicht and James Grace on Apr 5, 2012 at 3:40PM

Very young children have about a fifteen-minute attention span -- so whenever any activity takes longer than that, they're likely to get restless. Plan ahead.

Basic Cons
--If there's time, go to the playground or the park before you go anywhere that your kid will be required to sit or hold still -- this will allow her to "run it off."
--Try to walk instead of driving or strolling to your destination, if possible. This, too, will burn off energy.
--Cast a magic "freeze spell" on your child that lasts until the end of the event. Or at least until your child gets restless again -- then have her cast the spell on you. Take turns.

Short Cons
"Do you want to sit in the chair or on my lap?"
"Do you want to read or draw?"
"Do you want to stop running around now or after I count to ten?"

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